• CAIP offers investment potential to farmers

    LaRue County has been allocated $135,000 for the County Agricultural Investment Program.  The program applicant is the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association and the grant administrator is Dyan Puckett.

    Producer grant applications will be accepted for a two-week period, Jan. 26-Feb. 9 at the LaRue County Cooperative Extension Service, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road in Hodgenville. The deadline for returning grant applications is 4:30 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 9. Office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • 4H Rabbit Club

    4-H Rabbit Club members participated in a Skillathon after the Dec. 28 meeting.  From left, Benjamin Lope, Holden Madriaga, Caitlin Aubrey, Sierra Mullins, Rachel Lope, Michaela Rock, Hallie Madriaga and Sarah Lope.

  • Deadline extended for CSP program

    The first ranking period sign up deadline for producers to submit their applications for NRCS’ 2011 Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended to Jan. 21.

    All producers are encouraged to apply for CSP. The program, authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, offers payments to producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and who agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland.

  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid declared a public nuisance to Kentucky’s forests

    Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Leonard K. Peters has issued a Declaration of Public Nuisance officially declaring the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid a public nuisance to Kentucky’s forests. The declaration not only directs the Kentucky Division of Forestry to protect and preserve forest resources from HWA infestations, it also provides the authority to seek and utilize public and private funds for projects associated with saving Kentucky’s hemlock trees. 

  • Essay and Poster Contest offered by Kentucky Proud

    Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer invites Kentucky students to explore the roles of Kentucky Proud and Kentucky agriculture in their everyday lives in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest.

  • Registration open for Master Cattlemen Program

    Beef producers in LaRue, Hardin and Meade counties have the opportunity again in 2011 to participate in the Heartland Master Cattlemen Program.   
    The Kentucky Master Cattlemen Program consists of 10, four-hour sessions focusing on beef production and the beef industry. These individual educational sessions cover management skills, forages, nutrition, facilities and animal behavior, environmental stewardship and industry awareness, genetics, reproduction, herd health, end product and marketing and profitability.  

  • Magnolia family featured on 'Faces of Farming'

    A Magnolia family will be featured on “Faces of Farming,” a program airing on Kentucky Educational Television in January.

    Howard Ragland, David Ragland and Caleb Ragland, three generations of farmers, are among six Kentucky families who talk about their agricultural lifestyle.

    Executive Producer Ray Bowman, a Franklin County goat producer and former state government spokesman, narrates the program.

  • Beekeeping schools planned throughout state

    Beekeepers of all experience levels will find topics to fit their interests and expertise in six beekeeping schools scheduled in every region of Kentucky between Jan. 22 and March 12.

    The schools will offer classes for beginners and sessions targeted to experienced beekeepers. Vendors selling beekeeping equipment will set up displays at all the schools.

  • FSA moving toward electronic checks

    The Farm Service Agency's Commodity Credit Corporation is moving toward an electronic method for processing producers' checks. When producers present checks, either in person or through the mail, the checks will be converted into an Electronic Funds Transfer. These funds will be debited from the producer's account, usually within 24 hours of receipt. This improves customer relations, speeds the check clearing process, and reduces the potential for human error.

  • Farmers can win $2,500 for charity

    In the season of giving, Kentucky farmers can get into the holiday spirit by registering to win $2,500 for their favorite nonprofit organizations through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities’ program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. One farmer in each of Kentucky’s 29 participating counties – which includes LaRue County - will win.

    The deadline is Dec. 31 and farmers can apply at www.growcommunities.com or by calling 1-877-267-3332 for the chance to direct $2,500 to organizations such as 4-H, FFA, local libraries or fire departments.